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Taliban Kidnap 17 in Northern Afghanistan

Regional officials in Afghanistan say Taliban abducted at least 17 passengers in the north of the country late Wednesday. Zabiullah Amani, the provincial governor’s spokesman, said the passengers, local residents of Balkhab district, were traveling to the capital of Sar-e-Pul province when Taliban kidnapped them. He said local tribal elders were negotiating their release. This is the second mass kidnapping in a week by the Afghan Taliban. Some 200 passengers were abducted earlier...

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